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(Updated    August  13 2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.235billion (1235 million)
Mobiles    1211 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   296 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless : 276 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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Mobile video editing tool Viva Video to get Indian elements
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Mobile video editing tool Viva Video to get Indian elements
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Banking & financial sector summit will bring industry leaders to Mumbai
Avaya hackathon helps to identify innovation in healthcare and insurance

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Ziox DuoPix is an affordable dual lens camera phone
IT happened in India
  Mobile video editing tool Viva Video to get Indian elements
Bangalore, 16th August, 2017: QuVideo Inc, makers of the  free  VivaVideo  smartphone video editing tool   have entered the Indian Market, startin an  office in Bangalore.  It plans to create an Indian localization team here to make the product more attractive to users here. ....
Indus OS offers voice recognition tool in 23 Indian languages
Mumbai, August 16, 2017:  Indus OS, the made-in-India regional operating system for mobile devices,  has introduced  voice recognition in its latest iteration, launched on  Independence Day. The speech-to-text feature will allow users to speak into the phone in their preferred language. ....
New Vivaldi browser is For Your Eyes Only
August 152017: Last week, Vivaldi announced version 1.11 which takes  its trademark   customization a notch higher  with three adjustments: -  Without having to navigate away from the page,  one can choose the font type and size of the text, set the column width and line height, as well as select either dark or light background. ...
Marconi Society to confer Lifetime Achievement Award on Thomas Kailath
Bangalore, August 14 2017: The  US-based Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet,  has conferred on legendary Stanford University professor, Thomas Kailath,  its  Lifetime Achievement Award. ...
DSLR cameras now shoot professional-grade video
Bangalore, August 14 2017: Shooting still pictures  and  shooting video were always considered separate tasks. ...

Education and e-learning
TI Innovation contest showcases student prowess
Bangalore, July 30, 2017:  Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology College, Coimbatore  has won Chairman’s Award for the best innovative product for the Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016 with their entry:Watchdog for agricultural farms. ....
Play games and learn the Playablo way!
Bangalore, July 20, 2017: Playablo, a Bangalore-based startup that provides  gamified learning and skill assessment platform for CBSE and ICSE students of grades 1 to 5, has tied up with Unnati, a Bangalore-based NGO  to help re-skill young adults. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
McAfee study points to dangers of public Wifi while on holiday
Digital Detox – Unwind, Relax and Unplug Before consumers head out to enjoy their holidays,  they need  to understand the risks and threats associated with using internet-connected when travelling and how to avoid them. Bangalore, July 20 2017: According to a recent McAfee study, Digital Detox: Unwind, Relax and Unplug, only 43% of survey respondents went on vacation in the last year with the intent to unplug. ....
The future role of technology in travel and tourism hinges on AI, AR, VR and mobile apps
  Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will hugely improve destination marketing -- but will not substitute for real, live tourists. Tourism websites  are nearing the end of their utility -- as mobile apps becoming all-consuming July 8 2017: Outgoing World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO David Scowsill has shared what he sees are the trends shaping the future of Travel & Tourism, with  TravelNews Daily. ....

Aster healthcare group launches an app for the Golden Hour
New Delhi, May 28, 2017: Leading  India and UAE healthcare chain Aster, has launched an app  that aims to save lives during the so-called Golden Hour. The Aster Emergency App ( Android link here)  provides a real-time interface between the patient in emergency and a GPS-enabled Aster ‘Responder’. ....
LiveHealth grows to cover 450 diagnostic centres in India
April 16 2017: A Pune based health care startup founded in November 2013   has grown to cover 450 centres in 43 cities in India, serving  600,000 patients.  LiveHealth  delivers medical records to patients on their mobiles, and connects them to healthcare providers in their city,  creating a smooth and seamless  ecosystem for well being. ....
PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. ...

Product Pulse
Ziox DuoPix is an affordable dual lens camera phone
Bangalore, August 17 2017: When one goes smart-phone shopping,  one always looks out for what’s the trending feature. And we all know that the buzz in the market right now is the ‘dual-lens’ camera. Many known names like Vivo, Honor, and Oppo have come up with devices that have this feature of capturing photos with two lenses for either their primary or front camera. ....
Gionee A1 Plus goes for dual camera system
Gionee has improved on its  A1 phone with the A1 Plus,  by   making the rear camera a dual system August 9 2017: In the minds of many Indian smart phone users the brand Gionee is synonymous with selfies. Indeed the Chinese company that now manufactures its handsets for the Indian market  at facilities within the country, has  cultivated  this image by coining  words like Selfiestan. ....
InFocus Turbo 5 is optimised for Indian users
InFocus Turbo 5,   packs in features, thoughtfully curated for the  desi user. ...

IT's for you
  Singapore to host global Big data & analytics summit in October
August 9 2017:  Come October, Singapore  will see a summit on Big Data Analytics & Effective Customer Experience Management (CEM) Strategy in Financial Services. It will draw together highly-regarded expert speakers from across the ecosystem of financial services industry and big data analytics solution providers to present  the latest key trends and development in big data analytics and effective CEM strategy. ....
New tool for customer journey analytics from [24]7
San Jose, California (USA), August 3, 201: Global customer engagements specialists - [24]7 -  has added  [24]7 Customer Journey Analytics to its products and services portfolio. The latest product offering analyzes and visualizes customer journeys that occur over time, extend across channels and devices, and span different IT systems, providing rich insight into the root causes of problems along a customer journey. ....
Robots are writing the news!
Google is funding a project where  1000 news stories a day will be auto-generated.  But US media is already ahead in this game. ...
Global startup contest coming to Delhi this month
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6 2017: Seedstars World, the global startup competition in emerging markets organised by Seedstars, brought its 2016 round to a successful close at the Seedstars Summit, hosted at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. ...
Speech technology expert C-Zentrix spreads its wings
New Delhi, April 26 2017: Gurgaon-headquartered communication management provider C-Zentrix,   has carved outr a niche for itself in the evolving business of  speech technologies for  contact centres. ...

IT people
  Himanshu Kulkarni to lead India sales for Mobile marketing specialists AppsFlyer
Bangalore, August 17, 2017 -- AppsFlyer, the leading mobile attribution and marketing analytics company with more than 54% of the India market share, has today appointed former InMobi India Head Sales - Performance, Himanshu Kulkarni, as India Sales Director. ....
Sapnesh Lalla takes over as NIIT CEO
New Delhi, August 1, 2017: Sapnesh Lalla who has been leading NIIT’s Global Corporate Business, has assumed charge as the Chief Executive Officer of the company from  today. His focus would be to drive forward strategies aligned to the requirements of the economy that is witnessing digital disruption. ....
Nitin Kunkolienkar is new MAIT President
New Delhi, April 13, 2017:  Nitin Kunkolienker, Director and  Member on Board,  at Synegra EMS Ltd is to be the new President of MAIT, the apex body representing India’s IT hardware, training and R&D service sectors. ...

Best of the rest
Sarahah Creator Is Thankful Of Indians Who Taught Him Programming & Proud They're Using The App
The Saudi Arabian developer who created the app, Zain al-Abdin Tawfiq, says he was actually set on his way by Indian programmers.  INDIA TODAY August 16 2017

Government asks Google, Facebook, WhatsApp to remove BlueWhale suicide dare
To ensure the safety of people on the internet, especially of children, the Indian government has asked social media and internet giants like Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Instagram among others to get rid of the links to the 'Blue Whale' suicide game. FINANCIAL EXPRESS August 16 2017

Layoff fear creates opportunities for online professional courses
As Indian IT services companies gear up to embrace new technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, big data and cloud to meet client demands, the need for reskilling and upskilling is growing. Over the years, the IT industry has faced the challenge of finding right talent as the technology landscape is undergoing rapid changes.Betting big on this opportunity, a group of online learning and education start-ups are providing digital courses to individual employees and corporates to help them get skilled and become future-ready employees. These companies provide both offline and online curricula that enable working professionals pursue various courses....THE HINDU  June 18 2017


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